The nature of modern titles of nobility amongst the Royal Family means that said monarchs do not often live within the areas designated by their titles. For example, the Duke of Kent may not actually live in Kent, nor does the Prince of Wales actually live in Wales. This applies to The Queen herself not least of all, as despite being Queen of 15 other nations besides the UK she largely remains within her senior dominion, with her state visits to her other dominions often being referred to as “homecomings”. Similarly, Inverness is currently having a homecoming of its own as it prepares to welcome Prince Andrew, the Earl of Inverness, on a special visit to the ancient Scottish city. The visit is not just sentimental — the British prince comes with some very ambitious plans to help stimulate his earldom’s economy.
The visit is in light of Prince Andrew’s plans for the city, namely opening up its castle as a tourist attraction to the public, a plan that could potentially bring in hundreds of thousands or even millions of pounds in tourism trade. As part of the refurbishments, a viewing area will be erected in one the castle’s towers, and eventually, the rest of the building will be opened up to public access. Currently, the castle is used as the Sheriff Court for Inverness, and much of the structure is not open to public access. When visiting the castle, they are usually restricted to the castle grounds.
Currently, the castle is used as the Sheriff Court for Inverness, and much of the structure is not open to public access. When visiting the castle, they are usually restricted to the castle grounds.
In light of the renovations being discussed, the court and other administration will be moved to a new location.
As well as overseeing the initial construction work for this scheme, the Earl of Inverness is also viewing several other works within the city. One such viewing will be of the flood defences along the river Ness, currently being constructed on the city side of the river by Morgan Sindall. The project is currently expect to cost around £8.5 million. A visit to the Highland Hospice’s inpatient unit is also scheduled.
Prince Andrew was invested as Earl of Inverness by his mother The Queen in 1986. It was the fourth recreation of that title. Prince Andrew holds it along with his primary title, the Duke of York, and another lesser title, the Baron of Killyleagh.